The three functions are separated longitudinally, and in fact the building looks like a big horizontal trunk. From the main entrance, visitors can go directly up the escalators or elevators to the main artery linking the different functions on the first floor, visible from outside through the windows in the façade. This artery occupies the central part of the building and provides access to the main public spaces shared by the three institutions: the auditorium and meeting rooms in the volume jutting out over the entrance.
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Montpellier, France
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects: Helene Binet, Iwan Baan